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Chapter 3: Locational Analysis in Human Geography (1965): Peter Haggett
Locational Analysis in Human Geography (1965): Peter Haggett
Locational analysis is concerned with the need to look for pattern and order in geography … with the locational systems we study and the models we create to describe them, and with the types of explanation we use in making sense of our findings. (Haggett, 1965: 1–2)
By 1945 most universities in Britain possessed a geography department. However, whilst many disciplines taught at university had a strong and rigorous intellectual coherence, particularly the sciences, geography was not one of them. Sydney Wooldridge and Gordon East, Professors of Geography at King's College and Birkbeck College London, had attempted to suggest some new directions for the discipline in The Spirit and Purpose of ...